Teriyaki chicken: with steamed rice and broccoli

This healthy Teriyaki chicken recipe makes for a perfect dinner – warming, tangy, and healthy. You can cook it on the hob, in a slow cooker and use leftovers to make it, too

Teriyaki chicken with broccoli and steamed rice
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This comforting, tangy Teriyaki chicken recipe is the perfect pick me up – and while it's packed with exotic flavours, it's easy to make. Love a takeaway but saving your pennies? Homemade is always better and cheaper.

Why make this in a slow cooker? It's not a must – you can easily cook it on the hob – but we just love properly infusing the chicken with this sauce. For more food advice and recipes, check out our dedicated hub page.

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How to make Teriyaki chicken

For this healthy,  Japanese-inspired recipe for two, you will need: 

  • Boneless chicken thighs, 450 grams. We don't recommend using chicken breast for this recipe, as the slow cooking benefits thighs much more, with their higher fat content;
  • Honey, 100 ml;
  • Soy sauce, 100 ml;
  • Garlic, two cloves, finely chopped;
  • Ginger, a thumb-sized piece, finely chopped;
  • Sesame seed, 10 grams;
  • A medium-hot red chilli, chopped;
  • Spring onion to garnish, 50 grams;
  • White jasmine rice, steamed, 125 grams per person;
  • Broccoli, steamed, 250 grams 

The simplicity of this recipe is rivalled only by the satisfying, perfectly balanced flavour. Because you're using honey and soy sauce, there's no need to add any extra salt or sugar. 

1. For the slow cook method, combine the honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, chilli, and sesame in a bowl and mix together well. Cooking on the hob: keep these ingredients separate for now.

2. Put your chicken thighs into the slow cooker and cook on high for three to four hours, or on low for four to five hours. You're done! 

3. Cooking on the hob? Fry the chicken thighs in a dash of light vegetable oil in a thick-based pan until the skin is golden all over. 

4. For hob cooking, add the ginger, chilli (go easy if you don't like it too hot) and garlic to the pan and cook for a couple of minutes.  

4. Next, add in the honey, soy sauce and a splash of water to the pan; coat the chicken with the sauce, adding more water if it gets too dry. Watch the sauce carefully so that it doesn't burn until the chicken is cooked through.

5. Plate up on steamed rice with a side of steamed broccoli (find more ways to cook broccoli in our guide). Drizzle any sauce left in the pan over the chicken. Garnish with chopped spring onion and sesame seeds. 

Tip: If your sauce is too runny after the cooking is done, you can thicken it with a couple of tablespoons of plain flour in the pan on low heat. Simply remove the chicken, mix in a little flour vigorously until you achieve a uniform texture.

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